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Steering Wheel Straight but Wheels Turned

I changed the tie rods in my 77 280SE and did not have a chance to align the vehicle. But when the vehicle is parked with the steering wheel straight the wheels are turned to the right.

Any thoughts on what's wrong?

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The tracking will need to be set correctly on a 4 wheel tracker, the steering wheel will be locked in the straight ahead position, and the track rods adjust to give the correct toe for the car. As it stands you could be scrubbing off the tread and it could be difficult to keep the car on a straight line.


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you cannot replace the tie rods and not align the car .
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This method will allow u to drive the car but will not guarantee it won't scrub tyres. Think like this, if the steering is to the right when the vehicle drives straight by straightening the wheel you turn the wheels left. Turn the rod ends evenly eg screw 1 side in 2 turns screw the other out 2 turns? If you do this on the garage floor drive the car after an adjustment and you'll figure out if you went the right way.
When you're close to straight run a tape from left to right on the front side of the tread and then do the same on the rear side of the steer tyre. You would want them the same ie 0.0mm toe. That will get you safely to the aligners.

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True. Tierods normally command an alignment, at least if you care about your tires and MPG.

On many models, there is a line on the steering wheel bolt that is supposed to be vertical when the tires are straight. Sometimes the steering wheel just wasn't put on correctly.

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On your car there is also a bolt on the steering box that comes out and a special tool (pointed bolt) that goes in its place into a detent in the steering shaft to lock it in place during the alignment. That insures that the steering wheel is absolutely centered and remains so during the alignment process.

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